Geschichte der
B-17 #41-24604 / Arkie

Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-D] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; forced landing base Pilot: Sydney Smith 26/1/42; on 27/1/43 battle damage w/Lyle M. Adams, 2POW (bailed) 8RTD; MIA Wilhelmshafen 26/2/43 w/Capt Everett Tribbett, Co-Pilot: Harry Reardon, Navigator: Gene Valhala, Bombardier: Walt Ewing, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Carroll Johns, Radio Operator: Bernie Saltz, Ball Turret Gunner: Bill Ford, Waist Gunner: Alby Schlosser, Tail Gunner: Darrell Coats, passengers-Lts Arnold Mercier, Julius Dorfman (12POW); Enemy aircraft, crashed Hookseil, 10 miles N of Wilhelmshafen, Germany. MACR 15443. ARKIE.

Crew 41-24604 / Arkie

PCPTEverett E. TribbettPOW
CP1LTHarry F. ReardonPOW
BOMB2LTWalter C. EwingPOW
ROS/SGTCarroll S. JohnsPOW
BTS/SGTBernard SaltzPOW
WGS/SGTWilliam A. FordPOW
WGS/SGTAlbert SchlosserPOW
TGS/SGTDarrel W. CoatsPOW
OBS2LTArnold H. MercierPOW
OBS2LTJulius DorfmanPOW

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  1. von Barry J Sartin am 29. April 2019 2:05 Uhr

    Darrell W Coats appears to be an identical twin of my oldest son born on Dec 16 1979. If possible I would like to know where he came from and see an additional photo of him. He returned to duty on July 4 1945 after being held at stalag 17 in Austria. TG B17F. 41-24604 shot down Feb 26 1943. His original crew photo is with the Madame Betterfly B17F 41-24624 however he was not listed in that aircrafts MACR when it was brought down by flak. Thank you for any information or direction you may be able to provide.


  2. von Barry J Sartin am 29. April 2019 22:43 Uhr

    I would like to know about Darrell W Coats the tail gunner on the Arkie 41-24604. Shot down Feb 26 1943. Service number listed as 6566436. POW RTD July 4 1945. Any photos of him or information about him would be greatly appreciated.


    • von am 30. April 2019 8:54 Uhr

      Hello Berry,

      I only found a photo of him on with B-17 Madame Butterfly in background:

      This is maybe the photo, which you mentioned.


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